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Jordan issues gag order as new audio backs prince's claims

Apr. 06, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan imposed a sweeping gag order on coverage of its palace feud Tuesday after a recording indicated that authorities tried to silence a former crown prince over his meetings with critics, a sign officials are increasingly nervous about how the rare public rift in the...

Watchdog: Lebanon's vaccination of refugees, migrants lags

Apr. 06, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s vaccination campaign has been slow and risks leaving behind some of the country’s most vulnerable people, including Palestinian and Syrian refugees, as well as migrant workers, a leading rights group said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch said...

Myanmar cuts wireless internet service amid coup protests

Apr. 02, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's wireless broadband internet services were shut down on Friday by order of the military, local providers said, as protesters continued to defy the threat of lethal violence to oppose the junta's takeover. A directive from the Ministry of...

Gaza man: After lengthy torture, Hamas forced me to divorce

Apr. 01, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — After months of torture and interrogations in a Hamas prison, Palestinian activist Rami Aman says he was offered an unconventional proposition: Divorce your wife and you are free to go. Aman had recently signed a marriage contract with the...

Rebels besiege town in northern Mozambique for fifth day

Mar. 28, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rebels fought the Mozambican army Sunday for the fifth straight day for control of the strategic northern town of Palma, as reports came in that dozens of civilians have been killed and bodies were littering the streets. The fate of scores of foreign energy workers was...

Myanmar forces kill scores in deadliest day since coup

Mar. 27, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As Myanmar’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital, soldiers and police elsewhere killed scores of people while suppressing protests in the deadliest bloodletting since last month's coup. ...

Aid agency sounds alarm over children killed in Yemen's war

Mar. 23, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Children accounted for a quarter of civilian casualties over the last three years in Yemen's grinding war between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government, a child relief agency said Tuesday. More than 2,300 children were...

Rights group: Jordan's debt prisons violate human rights law

Mar. 18, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Samer Qraih had a good job working at a bank in Amman, Jordan, and decided to start his own business importing hybrid vehicles in 2017. But a year later, the Jordanian government raised taxes, and a subsequent strike by car dealers forced the 45-year-old father of four...

Myanmar police raid housing for striking railway workers

Mar. 10, 2021 10:11 AM EST

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar security forces on Wednesday raided a neighborhood in the country’s largest city that houses state railway workers who have gone on strike to protest last month’s military coup. Police sealed off the Mingalar Taung Nyunt neighborhood...

Protesters adapt tactics after Myanmar police use violence

Mar. 09, 2021 21:52 PM EST

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against the military takeover in Myanmar carried homemade shields and moved with more caution and agility Tuesday, adapting their tactics to the escalating violence from security forces not reluctant to use lethal force to break up crowds. ...